Columbus, OH – The former chief medical advisor for the Ohio Industrial Commission recently joined the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) as its chief medical officer as of Monday the 14th.
Terrence B. Welsh, MD, who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, brings extensive experience with the workers’ compensation system to his role, where he will oversee all medical components of the agency and direct medical policy.
“We had many outstanding candidates, but Dr. Welsh’s experience is exactly what our medical division and BWC need to continue the progressive initiatives we have underway,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “His guidance will be valuable in developing medical policies that support the best outcomes for Ohio’s injured workers.”
Dr. Welsh served from 2007 to 2014 as medical advisor to the Industrial Commission, which hears appeals of BWC and self-insured employer decisions. He is also a past member of BWC’s Health Care Quality Assurance Advisory Committee. He most recently served as chief of medical affairs for Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster.
“I have great respect for what BWC has accomplished in care for injured workers and employers over the past several years,” said Welsh. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on this team and join BWC’s efforts in creating an exceptional experience for our customers in the most efficient manner possible. This includes providing the highest quality care possible to our injured workers so we can get them back to work and back to their lives again.”
Dr. Welsh completed his medical training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the William Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Dr. Welsh replaces Stephen T. Woods, MD, who left BWC June 30 to work in his private practice full time.
Source: Ohio BWC